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JAMIE LaREAU

Another hole-in-one gives California dealer a second chance

2:41 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
For eight years, Folsom Lake Kia and Folsom Lake Ford near Sacramento have sponsored charity golf tournaments without anyone ever hitting a hole-in-one. Yet for the second time this year, a golfer has put it in the cup, winning a new car.... Read More »

 

GUIDO REINKING

Fiat would find a safe haven in VW

4:59 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Reports that VW may buy Fiat-Chrysler sound improbable, but the idea has appeal. It would allow VW to overcome its weakness in North America and offer Fiat Chrysler a safe haven.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

VW, Ford, Nissan eye China's entry-level market

4:35 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Global automakers have long been reluctant to sell cheaper vehicles in China as they seek to protect their healthy profit margins. But now foreign automakers are moving into China's entry-level segment in a quest for market share.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

GM, Manheim kiss and make up

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
About four years after a spat strained their business relations, GM and auction company Manheim are starting to kiss and make up.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times story on subprime offers feds ammunition

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
A withering account of subprime auto lending in Sunday's New York Times reinforces bad stereotypes about used-car dealers, smears subprime lenders and their investors, takes out of context an increase in delinquencies and loan losses from record lows, and provides ammunition to auto finance industry critics in Washington.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings

10:10 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Maybe the federal government should adopt Consumer Reports as a model for fuel economy testing. Or just outsource the task to the magazine.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:02 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Gobsmacked by Nick Scheele's kindness

5:34 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
I'll never forget the day Nick Scheele helped me clean the fresh paint off my suit.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Let's hope for a litter of Hellcat kitties

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
Spend a few minutes with Chrysler's new monster power plant -- the 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 -- and you will be left, as I was, with one overriding question.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

GM waive liability shield? It can't

3:22 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Is it conceivable that Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who is both a lawmaker and lawyer, has only a tenuous grasp of the law?... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Will de Nysschen take Caddy into small cars?

1:01 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Johan de Nysschen is barely a week into his new job as president of Cadillac. It will take some time to learn what he will attempt to do there.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Credit union ads highlight misperceptions of dealer reserve

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
A Florida credit union's ad campaign beating up dealers and auto lenders for “rate markups” is hard to look at, but dealers and lenders should check it out to see what they're up against in terms of public perception and in case the approach catches on in other states.... Read More »

 

MARK VAUGHN

Acura claims a sales honor with MDX

11:55 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Automakers are always defining segments and claiming sales crowns for their own purposes. Here's the latest instance.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why fuel economy faces law of diminishing returns

3:02 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
In economics, it's known as the law of diminishing returns, the shrinking benefit you get when you pour ever-increasing resources toward achieving a singular goal. The DOE showed a good mathematical example of the principle today with a graphic it released about the consumer benefits of fuel economy.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

How Infiniti will move ahead without de Nysschen

6:55 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Johan de Nysschen's unexpected departure from the helm of Infiniti to Cadillac comes at a delicate time for Nissan's luxury brand, just as things were falling into place. But that is exactly why the brand's leadership need not worry.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

PSA may be better off without Thierry Peugeot

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's future could be brighter following former chairman Thierry Peugeot's departure from the automaker's board.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

How UAW can leverage minority support in Chattanooga and elsewhere

2:15 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Today's surprising news that the UAW will set up a union local for Chattanooga's Volkswagen AG factory -- despite losing the organizing vote there -- signals a new strategy under President Dennis Williams. Start with the devotees. Win over the doubters later.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Minivans are too practical to have the reputation they have

3:13 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
If all vehicles represent compromises to necessity, I would argue that minivans are the least compromised of any segment.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Why buy-here, pay-here is losing some turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
More consumers are passing up offers from buy-here, pay-here stores in favor of cheap financing by some franchised new-car dealerships, one giant used-car retailer says.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Is the maligned Mitsubishi Mirage a good value?

12:40 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the strangest cars I have ever driven -- and it's one of the most polarizing new models of 2014... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Compensation, yes, but no happy endings for GM crash victims' families

3:07 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Daryl Chansuthus bristled at the word “compensation” when we spoke on the phone this week. Compensation doesn’t fill the void created on a rainy December night five years ago, when her 25-year-old daughter’s Chevrolet Cobalt SS hit a tree off Interstate 24 in Tennessee and no airbags deployed. More than compensation, Chansuthus wants accountability.... Read More »

 

RYAN BEENE

Hyundai's safety tech video shows what a sales pitch can't

2:16 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
The biggest problem with selling consumers on the idea of active safety technologies is that unless you experience what happens when they intervene, it's hard to fully appreciate their potential.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Don't do much leasing? Better bone up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
Leasing's not just for luxury brands anymore. It's spreading to mass-market brands too, experts say.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

How can 1% growth feel so good?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
June turned out to be a great month for U.S. auto sales. Ignore that goofy 1 percent increase in units sold. It’s a calendar fluke. The 17 million selling rate tells the tale.
... Read More »

 

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